Synthesis of smart medical socks for diabetic foot ulcers patients
Smart medical socks was developed using facile method. The commercial socks were coated with polypyrrole layer using vapour phase polymerization. The TiO2 nanoparticles of an average size of 20 nm were dispersed during polypyrrole polymerization. The reaction times were varied and optimized. TiO2NPs dispersed on socks fiber surface were wrapped with polypyrrole chains. The ability of developed socks to absorb moisture was evaluated using thermogravimetric analysis. The antibacterial properties of the untreated and treated socks were studied. The developed socks inhibited the growth of bacterial achieving 20 mm clear inhibition zone compared to zero zone for blank ones. The structure of coated socks and morphology were characterized using FTIR and scanning electron microscope. This is in addition to the evaluation of the awareness of diabetic patients for wearing medical socks.
KeywordsMedical socks Polypyrrole Antibacterial Nanoparticles Textile fibers
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